Thursday, May 29, 2014

My Hubby Makes Me Laugh #1 - "Our Dog Gourdon"

Our Dog Gourdon by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2006AnimalKids_zps0d1d9f85.jpg

Our Dog Gourdon by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2011AnimalKids_zpsf5556315.jpg

My Hubby Makes Me Laugh #1

I've been super busy lately because I started a new job (other than Blogging) and my wonderful husband offered to help me out.  My husband is very creative & clever - he is the only person that can make me laugh when I am upset or angry.  So, I decided to make this a monthly post called "My Hubby Makes Me Laugh."
Since we don't have children our dog & cat are like our animal children - I've been a little down about my dog since he is 8 years old (A Great Pyrenees' lifespan is between 8 to 10 years) and I have noticed him slowing down a bit - but even when I'm in this sad mood my husband is able to make me smile and laugh.
Our Dog Gourdon
written by my husband © 2014
He came into the world as a Great Pyrenees pup, but just a few short days after we rescued him from the pound we put in the paperwork to have him upgraded to a “Fantastic” Pyrenees.  He was 7 to 9 months old and as far as we knew never had a name.  When we brought him home we watched him intently to try to come up with a name for him.  As soon as we turned our backs on him for two minutes he managed to get his nose bopped by our cat and he destroyed one of my wife’s decorative gourds.  And that’s how he became to be known as “Gourdon.”  A few months later we noticed that he had a knee problem that the vet promptly diagnosed as a luxating patella.  He speculated that that’s why the Breeder dropped him off at the shute in the middle of the night at the pound.  So, now we had a Great Pyrenees with the “not so great pair of knees.”  But after an expensive operation and a difficult recovery he was as good as new.  We should have known from the beginning that knee problems ran in his family.  His father was named “Neil”, his mother “Eileen”, his two brothers: “Tripod” and “Hopalong” and his sister who found a home with a nice Southern family who named her “Patella.”  The family names alone told his story.
His only other malady that we didn’t discover for about a year is that he smells like corn chips from head to foot.  Of course he smells much worse at his extreme eastern and western terminals.  The Vet said that this is a common affliction for large dogs that refuse baths for years at a time.  It’s a two stage disease that starts out as “Fritosis” but can quickly degrade to “Nachosis” if frequent baths are not administered.  So, now Gourdon has Nachosis.  Why corn chips and not imported cheeses or a bakery full of onion buns?  We don’t know and Veterinary Science has no answer for us at this time.
But still he is a good boy and we have learned to live with his condition.  His hobbies are snacking, sleeping (if he doesn’t get his 22 hours a day he gets “all growly”) and securing the perimeter.  He is also huge into “proclaiming and declaring” which is commonly known as “Barking” and is the reason why the neighbors filed a complaint about him a couple summers ago.
He is also the greatest hugging dog ever born, so if you are having a bad day and need a boost, stop by and give him a try (but try not to inhale).

Our Dog Gourdon by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2006AnimalKids-001_zpsb5c9918a.jpg
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo DSCF1065_zps698aa666.jpg
Our Dog Gourdon by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2009AnimalKids_zps1df99435.jpg

My Hubby Makes Me Laugh#2 - The Art of the Apple Harvest
My Hubby Makes Me Laugh#3- R.W. Tower- The World's Most Intelligent Gardener

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo Day_zpsb50f87c9.jpg

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  1. What a wonderful post! I want to hug Gourdon! ;-) -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  2. Gourdon is precious! I love the photo of him on the couch and his leg is hanging off. My puppies paws smell like Fritos too. My husband calls him frito feet. LOL

  3. Good lord, that is one big dog. But he is a beautiful dog. Hope you have a beautiful day.

  4. Gourdon is such a cutie! I love big dogs, but I hate that their life span's our so short. They are family and it hurts to say goodbye but cherish every little moment with him, he'll let you know when it's time <3


  5. Aw, what a cute dog! Love the pictures of him sleeping...

    Cayla & Ashley

  6. Beautiful dog! His face jumped right out at me on the Thursday Blog Hop…..Thanks for sharing!

  7. Oh my goodness, did I laugh my way through this fun post! I have two labs -- the older girl is a rescue with stories (like our skunk story on my blog right now) Gotta love em

  8. Pinning! Thanks for linking up with the Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious4You

  9. What a great post. I had to laugh at the description of Gourdon's scent because our dog has the same issue. We say that she smells just like Fritos. The bath actually makes her smell a bit better but after a couple of days, she's right back to smelling like corn chips.


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